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It’s showtime: cool new stuff from Pearl Izumi, Park Tool, 100%, Thule, Elite & more

This year’s iceBike show has gone online and become digiBike. Here are the highlights

At this time of year we’d usually be visiting a load of bike shows and sharing news of the latest products that you can expect to see over coming months, but COVID-19 has scuppered all that.

This year’s iceBike, the big in-house show of Madison – home to brands like Shimano, Elite, Pearl Izumi, and DT Swiss – has been reinvented as digiBike. As the name suggests, it has gone online for 2021, and here are the highlights.

Some of these products are available already while some will appear over coming months. All will eventually be available on www.freewheel.co.uk.

Park Tool

Park Tool has a new quick-change bit driver set called QTH-1.

2021 Park Tool QTH-1 driver set

It’s a T-handled design and comes with these magnetic 1/4in bits: 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm hex, T25 Torx and number two Philips cross tip.

Park Tool says it’s professional-grade and fully rebuildable, hence the £64.99 price tag. We can’t tell you how it performs yet but it looks pukka!

www.parktool.com

100%

Eyewear brand 100% doesn’t have new models but it does have some new colour options.

2021 100% Speedcraft matt washed out neon yellow flash gold mirror lens.jpeg

Would sir or madam like the Speedcraft in a matt washed-out neon yellow with a flash gold mirror lens (£149.99), for example? They should have called this the rhubarb and custard colour scheme, in our opinion.

Read our review of the 100% Speedcraft SL glasses

2021 100% Hypercraft matt oxyfire smoke lens

Or perhaps the Hypercraft in matt oxyfire with a smoke lens (£139.99)?

Neither of these options is yet listed on www.freewheel.co.uk.

www.100percent.com

Thule 

Swedish brand Thule has a handful of new racks for mounting your bike(s) to a car. 

2021 Thule Outway Platform 2.jpeg

The Thule Outway is available in two-bike platform (£340) and two-bike (£270) and three-bike (£300) hanging versions, and it has a redesigned six-point attachment system.

2021 Thule TopRide

The Thule TopRide (£200) is a fork-mount roof rack with mounting that’s said to be fast and easy for both thru-axle and standard quick-release bikes.

2021 Thule Fast Ride

The Thule FastRide (£145) is a similar design but it’s for quick-release bikes only.

www.thule.com/en-gb

Light and Motion 

2021 Light and Motion Vis Pro 1000 Blacktop.jpeg

Light and Motion have several new lights, including the Vis Pro 1000 Blacktop (£134.99), which is aimed at commuters. Light and Motion says that it offers 1,000 lumens, features various different modes including ones for daylight safety, and has an IP67 rating, meaning that it can stand immersion in a metre of water.

2021 Light and Motion Vis 700 Tundra light.jpeg

The Vis 700 Tundra (£84.99) is designed for commuting too. This one has a claimed 700 lumen output, a daylight visible pulse mode, and an IP67 waterproof rating.

2021 Light and Motion Seca Comp 300 light - 1 (1).jpeg

The Seca Comp 1500 (£199.99) has a maximum output of 1500 lumens (there's already a £254.99 Seca Comp 2000 in the range). Amber side lighting is designed to offer increased visibility on the road and can be turned off for riding trails.

lightandmotion.com

Madison Clothing 

Madison says that its Roam clothing is designed with ‘a relaxed style and cut, perfect for those rides with mates that end at the pub’. 

2021 Madison Roam merino SS jersey.jpeg

The Roam Men’s Merino Short Sleeve Jersey (£59.99) looks pretty neat. It is lightweight (150g/m2) and made from a blend of 65% merino wool and 35% polyester.

2021 Madison Roam Men's Cargo shorts.jpeg

The Roam Men's Cargo Bib Shorts (£79.99, pictured from the rear) feature deep cargo pockets on the thighs and five rear pockets offer loads of storage. There’s a non-bib women’s version (£64.99) with similar thigh pockets and another four built into the back of the high waistband.

2021 Madison Roam Sportive women's SS jersey.jpeg

There are men’s and women’s versions of the Sportive Short Sleeve Jersey (£49.99) with full-length front zips and mesh panels on the sides and underneath the arms.

www.madison.cc

Elite

We’ve reviewed both the Elite Suito and the Direto-XR smart trainers recently. 

2021 Elite Mia Thermo bottle.jpeg

A totally different type of product, the Mia (£24.99) is a stainless steel bottle – there’s no plastic anywhere – that is designed to be sustainable and re-usable for years. It has a 650ml capacity, fits in a standard bottle cage, and looks pretty cool for urban use.

A thermal version is priced at £34.99. Elite reckons that the vacuum insulation layer offers 12-hour thermal performance for hot fluids and up to 24 hours with cold.

2021 Elite Kit Crono X bottle and cage

The Kit Crono X aero bottle and cage system isn’t a new concept but the 500ml bottle is now smooth plastic rather than covered in indentations. The carbon cage version (25g) is £64.99 while the version with a resin cage is £24.99. 

www.elite-it.com

Pearl Izumi 

Pearl Izumi, which says that 90% of its product line will be made with sustainable materials by 2022, has introduced Expedition Bib shorts for 2021 in both men’s and women’s cuts.

2021 Pearl Izumi Expedition bib shorts.jpeg

You mesh cargo pockets on the thighs and lower back for storing ride essential like food and your phone, the idea being that you can wear any top you like without needing to think about carrying capacity. Several other brands, like Rapha and Endura, offer shorts with similar features.

2021 Pearl Izumi Expedition bib shorts pocket.jpeg

The shorts feature Pearl Izumi’s well-proven PRO Escape 1:1 chamois and cost £119.99.

www.pearlizumi.co.uk

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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